Seamus Brady, former farrier for the U.S. Equestrian teams, died on July 27 in Whitehouse Station, N.J. He was 77.
Mr. Brady was born in County Cavan, Ireland, and trained at the Irish Army Equitation School in Dublin. He immigrated to the United States more than 50 years ago to work for USET Director Arthur McCashin at his Four Furlongs Farm in Pluckemin, N.J.
Mr. Brady was then drafted into the U.S. Army, where he was a chauffer to a general and learned about welding and metalworking.
McCashin’s son, Fred McCashin VMD, remembered, “When he came out [of the Army], he came back to see dad, who gave him some tools to start shoeing on his own. The rest is history.”
Mr. Brady was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame in 2002.
Mr. Brady was the official USET farrier for all three disciplines and was the team farrier at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. He was the farrier at a number of show barns, from Ronnie Mutch’s Nimrod Farm to the Leone family’s Ri-Arm Farm. He was also the farrier for George Morris’ Hunterdon Farm for 34 years.
“He was a great asset to the USET and really part of the USET in a way. He was one of the pillars of Hunterdon,” said Morris. “He was famous as a great guy and a great friend.”
Carol Hoffman Thompson rode for the USET from 1963 to 1973 and remembered Mr. Brady as a “master of shoeing.”
“He was the very best. He had a great sense of humor, and I had a lot of respect for him,” she said.
Mr. Brady is survived by his wife Loriann Brady, Flemington, N.J., son Douglas Brady, Flemington, N.J., daughters Linda Colleen Deutsch, of Whitehouse Station, N.J., and Laura Jean Brady, of Summerfield, N.C., two grandchildren and eight brothers and sisters in Ireland.